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Looking at the Who & How of Electronics Component Purchasing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/22/2015   Post a comment
UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study takes a close look at how design, corporate and supply chain professionals are using online sources, from information aggregators and search engines to social media.
Collaborative Robots Are Helping Fuel a Robotics Boom
Rob Spiegel  
5/20/2015   Post a comment
The market for small, flexible robots is growing at a time when robots in general are surging in popularity in plants across the globe.
Recycled 3DP Materials, Recyclers, and Embedded Recycling Codes
Ann R. Thryft  
5/19/2015   Post a comment
Here are new recycled materials, new recycling machines, and other news about recycling 3D printed materials we've put together in one place.
IoT World: Separating Smart & Dumb Things
Thomas Claburn  
5/18/2015   (1) comment
At Internet of Things World, companies are trying to figure out what objects should get networked.
Med-Tech Offers Healthy Opportunities for OEMs
Logical Link  
5/14/2015   Post a comment
Medical technology is not only changing lives from a health perspective. It may be offering renewed longevity for OEMs looking for new opportunities.
Supply Chain Cost Reductions Fail to Fuel Mid-Market Growth
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/13/2015   Post a comment
A focus on increasing the strategic worth of the supply chain, not cost reductions, is the key strategy for mid-market manufacturers hoping to grow.
New 3D Printing File Format Released
Ann R. Thryft  
5/11/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft, HP, Dassault, and other industry heavyweights in 3D printing have launched a new 3DP file format, 3MF. The consortium says the spec will more fully describe a 3D model and will be interoperable with multiple applications, platforms, services, and printers.
Create a Customer First Supply Chain for True Transformation
Susan Fourtané  
5/11/2015   Post a comment
Learn how to embrace change to become a customer-centric value chain following expert advice from Oracle's Matthew Banks.
DIY/Makers Forge New Trails in Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/8/2015   Post a comment
The maker movement is thriving in the electronics industry--and these technology enthusiasts may just be building the next wave of technology innovation.
IoT Buzz Sounds Like the Dot Com Era
Rob Spiegel  
5/7/2015   Post a comment
PTC's LiveWorx 2015 IoT conference is tauting the transformative power of connected everything.
First 3 Rules of IoT Security
Rich Quinnel  
5/5/2015   (2) comments
Security for an IoT design involves a myriad of decisions and actions, but these three form the foundation of a successful design effort.
Apple Watch Apps Booming, But Display Toughness Questioned
Eric Zeman  
5/4/2015   Post a comment
The Apple Watch will have no shortage of apps available out of the gate, but the most popular model is also the most susceptible to damage, according to tests.
Apple Watch Teaches Supply Chain Best Practices
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/4/2015   (2) comments
Recent reports of Apple woes around component issues have made headlines. A look at Apple's response, though, shows that Apple's supply chain strategy ensured the problem was not a show stopper.
Apple Ticks Up Sales Record
Rick Merritt  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Apple reported record sales for its second quarter but said its new smartwatch has lower than average profits and forecast a seasonally down June quarter.
Enterprise Labeling Speeds Time-to-Market
Deborah Grant  
4/28/2015   Post a comment
Too often, multiple warehouse, manufacturing and enterprise systems create a complicated and ineffectual labelling system. A unified labeling strategy, then brings clear benefits.
Delivery Drone Or Death Machine?
Thomas Claburn  
4/27/2015   Post a comment
Drones can help or harm. Figuring out how to respond to them isn't going to be easy.
4 Places that Drones May Invade the Supply Chain
Tam Harbert  
4/27/2015   Post a comment
Drones are already being used commercially and some not-quite-so-obvious applications for the supply chain are emerging for this hot technology.
8 Views of Security from RSA
Rick Merritt  
4/24/2015   Post a comment
Security was in focus at RSA Conference with top cryptographers, the Secretary of Homeland Security and others sharing views on everything from IoT to policy.
The Changing Face of Computer Storage
Jim O'Reilly  
4/23/2015   (1) comment
For the logistics chain, both upstream of the drive and array makers, and downstream in channels of distribution of their products, the newest storage innovations will change how things are done.
Mobile Market Demands Solid Supply Chain
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/21/2015   Post a comment
For electronics companies, this soaring use of mobile devices translates into accelerating demands for mobile technology—and the need to further improve supply chains.
Medical Maker Aims Implant at Congenital Scoliosis
Suzanne Deffree  
4/20/2015   Post a comment
Here's an example of engineering to improve lives and one inspiring young maker.
Top 10 3D Printing Projects on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/20/2015   (1) comment
No one argues that 3D printing is poised to change the electronics industry and its supply chain. The popularity of these projects on Kickstarter are just one measure of just how hot the market is.
Moore's Law: Dead or Alive
R. Colin Johnson  
4/18/2015   Post a comment
Moore's law is still alive and kicking after 50 years, but here are the technologies that are busting and boosting it in the 21st century.
Moore from the Archives
Susan Rambo  
4/17/2015   Post a comment
Moore's law at age 50 continues to be viable but for how long? Here's a look into EE Time's archives, including a link to what Gordon Moore thought of his own law's chances for longevity.
Is the Death of the PC Industry Exaggerated?
Jim O'Reilly  
4/16/2015   (4) comments
The death knell has been sounding for the PC industry for some time now. A look at tech trends reveals whether the current industry is breathing its last.
How Tesla Disrupts the Auto Infotainment Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
4/15/2015   Post a comment
Instead of relying on traditional tier-1 suppliers to design and make the Model S’ infotainment system, Tesla did much of the design work itself while outsourcing the production to contract manufacturing firms.
Women in Manufacturing: Building a Path the Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/14/2015   (6) comments
A new study looks at the gender gap in the manufacturing sector--and suggests some ways of glosing that gap.
Optimization Reigns in Today's Conveyors
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/10/2015   (1) comment
Conveyor systems have evolved in ways designed to enhance electronics manufacturing. This infographic traces that evolution.
Chemical Labeling Simplified
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/10/2015   Post a comment
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) criteria or Globally Harmonized System (GHS) come into effect on June 1, so it's time to learn about the basics of the labelling rules.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
Rick Merritt  
4/9/2015   Post a comment
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
Putting the Supply Chain First
Donna Fritz  
4/9/2015   Post a comment
Why it’s important for mid-market companies to improve their supply chain technology ahead of ERP upgrades.
The Vertical Advantage: CRM & the Electronics Industry
Chanan Greenberg  
4/9/2015   Post a comment
Semiconductor and component makers can capture growth through smart use of CRM.
Robots Assemble in Silicon Valley
Rick Merritt  
4/7/2015   Post a comment
The regional First Robotics competition in Silicon Valley drew hundreds of young people pumped up for the program that drives a love for engineering.
Mobile Applications Bring Flexibility for Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
4/7/2015   Post a comment
Mobile applications can create more flexibility for supply chain manufacturing businesses.
The U.S. Nanotechnology Challenge
At the Source  
4/1/2015   (5) comments
Nanotechnology is going manstream and electronics manufacturers need to consider how these advances will affect new products, innovation, and the supply chain.
Mothers of Innovation: 12 Women Engineers and Scientists to Know
Suzanne Deffree  
3/30/2015   (6) comments
Here are 12 women engineers and scientists who many likely will not know but should for their significant contributions to engineering, science, technology and mathematics.
Get the Most Out of Your Transportation Management System
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/25/2015   Post a comment
Ajesh Kapoor of GT Nexus spoke to EBN about what to ask of a TMS solution in today’s highly globalized era and how to get the most out of it.
Customizing Electronics While Maintaining Profitability
John Boucher  
3/24/2015   Post a comment
Electronics customization is on the rise, but must be done properly in a way that doesn’t destroy profitability.
PCB Buyers: You Don’t Have to Put Up with Little Plastic Bags
Michael Allen  
3/23/2015   (3) comments
Buying PCB assemblies in custom-formed ESD trays protects your boards, reduces waste, and saves you time and money.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
Junko Yoshida  
3/20/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
5 Reasons Apple is Set to Create a Car Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
3/17/2015   (1) comment
Rumor has it that Apple may well try to take a slice of the automotive market with an offering in the not-to-distant future. Here's a look at that the electronics OEM has going for it in this new market.
Battle for Competitive Difference Fought in the Cloud
Frank Cavallaro  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
As the market keeps growing, an increasing number of global players are wielding cloud-based portfolios to gain a competitive edge.
9 Digital Trends Shaping Mobile Design & Innovation
Logical Link  
3/16/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, mobile devices are touching every corner of the ordinary human life. The same trends driving this phenomenon will also touch every corner of the electronics supply chain and many business-to-business interactions.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
Rick Merritt  
3/12/2015   Post a comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Apple Watch: Time Will Tell
Rick Merritt  
3/11/2015   Post a comment
Apple showcased significant software and hardware engineering behind its new Watch and Macbook, but the products don’t establish new categories.
Drones in Distribution: Counting Inventory
Puga Sankara  
3/11/2015   Post a comment
Is your distribution center ready to take advantage of drones? The days that drones will be used to count inventory may not be very far off.
Are You Ready for June's Leap Second?
Bill Schweber  
3/9/2015   Post a comment
The divergence between atomic- and astronomical-based timekeeping shows up again this year with the addition of a leap second; though it sounds like a modest correction, it can have serious consequences.
Silicon Valley Innovation Steering Towards Detroit
Logical Link  
3/9/2015   (1) comment
Contract manufacturing giant Flextronics is setting up shop in Detroit. It's little wonder, as electronics becomes a key differentiator in automotive offerings.
VR is New Reality at GDC
Rick Merritt  
3/5/2015   (1) comment
Oculus, Sony, Google and an open source project showed virtual reality offerings at the Game Developer Conference where analyst Jon Peddie sized up the traditional games hardware market.
Self-Driving Cars? Puhleeeze…
Michael Dunn  
3/4/2015   (1) comment
I love the idea of self-driving cars, but how can we trust the automakers to engineer them well enough?
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